These short stories are available as stand-alone ebooks.
A Chain of Beads
In the middle of the hall there’s this kid standing. In one hand he’s got a knife—the kind all the students keep to sharpen their nibs and carve their names wherever it’s the most pain in the ass to sand them out—but that’s not what’s got everybody frozen, because in his other hand the poor mad kid is holding all his beads.
Goodman Stone fled tragedy at home to build a new life doing odd jobs at a school in Frael. When one of the students does something unthinkable, Stone comes to his aid. He is helped by schoolmaster Caerel, and as the relationship between the two men deepens, Stone contemplates a decision that will once again reshape the life he’s strung together.
Cup of Tea
“I’m not being mysterious on purpose,” Evers said apologetically. “It’s just, it’s a somewhat…special collection.”
The collection of Victorian photographs that Russell Evers is offering sounds like a major find. Arriving at his house to assess the donation, Allan del Mar finds a cozy welcome, an unexpected rapport—and, among the solemn couples and amateur theatricals, some very interesting subject matter.
Contents include private historical photographs, detailed discussion of private historical photographs, and two academics bonding over a truly luscious coffee cake (and private historical photographs).
“Did you just hack me?” Cam asked.
“Hmm. Thought so.” His expression was mild. “Successfully, too. It’s been a long time since that’s happened.”
Introverted Lewis needs to increase his Social score for a shot at his dream job with his favorite serialized space opera. So he hires human-machine hybrid Cam to pose his boyfriend. But Lewis isn’t interested in a real relationship, and he takes steps to ensure that the liaison remains purely for show.
Cam dates people for a living. He enjoys his job, and he’s good at it. He’s not allowed to touch Lewis. But there’s nothing that prevents him from talking…
Contents include: space opera fandom, sexy talk, and a fake boyfriend who isn’t going to take this sort of thing lying down. So to speak.